Parents are banding together in Loudoun County, Virginia, demanding resignations from Superintendent Scott Ziegler and the entire school board over accusations it covered up a sexual assault report, which took place in May.
Loudoun County parents Dimis Christophy and Cheryl Onderchain joined “Fox & Friends First” on Wednesday to discuss the outrage after an explosive school board meeting Tuesday night, and a walkout dozens of students participated in earlier in the day over recent sexual assault reports.
“I’ve had kids in Loudoun County Public Schools for over 14 years,” Onderchain explained. “I’ve never seen any display of anger and outrage and just disappointment as what was evidenced in all the comments that were made towards the board last night.”
“There were 120 folks signed up to speak in person,” Onderchain said.
An email surfaced last week indicating Ziegler was aware of the alleged sexual assault and alerted the school board a month before he claimed he did not have knowledge of the reported crime.
On May 28, Ziegler sent the email to the entire school board, and on June 22, Ziegler argued he did not have any knowledge of sexual assaults occurring in the school bathrooms.
Despite his initial pushback, he did backpedal this claim earlier this month, citing a misinterpretation when the initial question was asked, and did acknowledge the procedures to address these incidents are not “adequate.”
“This is an ideology war, this is this has nothing to do with curriculum anymore,” Christophy explained.
“We are fighting an ideological war with these people and these people are sick.”
Onderchain also emphasized parents in the district have no confidence in school officials, and explained replacing them would be the only avenue for the community to move on.
“Yesterday it was clear virtually every single speaker was there to talk about the cover-up, the lies, we just don’t have any confidence in the school board anymore,” Onderchain stated.
“And until we can get the school board replaced and get a new superintendent, we’re not going to be able to heal and move forward as a community.”